Ally McDonald In Hunt To Make Cut At U.S. Women’s Open

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PINEHURST, N.C. – Fulfilling a dream to play at the U.S. Women’s Open, Ally McDonald of the Mississippi State women’s golf team places herself in a position to make the cut after the opening round at the famed Pinehurst No. 2.

McDonald turned in a 78 on day one of the major tournament, just three shots off the cut that will follow the second round. The top 60 players and those tied for that score will proceed to the third and fourth rounds, while those outside of that will not move on.

“It was a tough day today, but I learned a lot,” McDonald said. “Tomorrow I can play with no fear and hopefully be here for the weekend.”

The All-American McDonald was one of only nine players to register a birdie on hole 8 on the day, ranked the third-toughest hole on Thursday. McDonald’s best stretch of the day came when she strung together consecutive pars from holes 4-7, followed by her difficult birdie on the 8th hole.

“Ally continued to battle today on this very difficult course,” MSU head coach Ginger Brown-Lemm said. “She has put herself in a spot to make the cut, which would be a special honor. We are looking forward to tomorrow.”

The No. 1 ranked player in the world Stacy Lewis shot the lowest score on day one with a bogey-free 3-under-par 67. Minjee Lee of Australia recorded the lowest score as an amateur with a 1-under-par 69.

Play was suspended before the ending of the opening round due to storms. Play will resume at 5:45 a.m. CST, followed by the beginning of the second round.

Full coverage of the U.S. Women’s Open can be found at Friday’s action will be shown live on ESPN2 starting at 2:00 p.m.

In other golf news, the Southeastern Conference recognized all of the women’s golf coaches of the conference with a Sportsmanship award for their outpouring support for of Auburn women’s golf coach Kim Evans. The coaches around the league showed incredible support for Evans during her fight against ovarian cancer, a fight she later won.

Fans can follow the Mississippi State women’s golf program on Twitter @HailStateWG, Instagram @HailStateWG and Facebook at

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